Some time ago I read on The Craft Sessions about Felicia's project "Stash Less". It's about having a meaningful stash of supplies. This concept appealed to me from the first time I read about it and so I decided to start with it sometime in the future. But the future never arrived.
Fast forward to the time I found my one little word "light". My one little word is about having less, being content with less and about feeling lighter through the process of reducing my belongings. There are many areas in my life where I just have too much stuff; clothes, scrapbooking supplies, yarn, fabric and knitting supplies. I am some sort of a hoarder. I like to have pretty things in my stash and not using it because it is too beautiful and it would be a disaster if I'd waste that precious piece of paper/yarn/fabric.
Felicia says it perfectly:
"Over time I made things and wanted to make more things. I purchased a metre of fabric here, and some yarn there. Sometimes it was on sale but more often because it was pretty and I wanted to make X with it. And sometimes I purchased even though I knew I didn't have time to make the X, because I wanted the option to make it as soon as I had the time. But the time never came."
That's exactly how I feel. There is too much stuff I don't use. Not because it's not beautiful, but because I don't want to ruin it. Whenever I do work on a new project I almost always go out and buy new supplies. And while buing new supplies for my new project I occasionally see other things I really, really need to have but in the end it just goes into one of my many boxes and stays there, waiting for THE "perfect" project.
To finally go stash less* (which doesn't mean, to have absoulutely zero stash - it's about having a small and meaningful stash) I have two options: A) give away my stuff or B) make something with what I have. I'll do a mix of both: giving away or selling what I don't know how to use or what I don't like anymore and making something with the remaining items.
With this project I also want to improve my knitting and sewing skills. So I set the goal to sew or knit 10 garments this year. With those two things in mind I came up with a seven step plan:
- go through all of my fabric and yarn and make two piles; one for keeping (= using) and one for giving away/selling
- make a list of all the remaining fabric and yarn. Write down exactly how much of each fabric and how many skeins of yarn I have
- clear out my closet and decide which items I need and want to add to my wardrobe
- brainstorm possible projects that can be made with the yarn/fabric I already have
- search for patterns which would work for what I have in mind; either from the ones I already have or new ones
- make a final list about which fabric/yarn will be used for which project with which pattern
- start working
I already started with step one and will soon move over to step two. I will share an update when I completed step three which will hopefully be sometime in February.
*Please note, that for the stash less project I only focus on my yarn and fabric stash. Craft supplies and clothes will get their own project because they are a little bit different to handle.
Stash Less is about having a small and meaningful stash, created by Felicia from The Craft Sessions.